I guess when I read that I have to say I made a good choice with the Planar. I bought it, wow, 4 years ago now, and I think it's been the best value in terms of cost vs use of any projector I've had. Like I said, 4 years old (for me) and new projectors are just now getting tempting, and cheaper ones are only just starting to match it in some areas (DLP hasn't been the king of black level since before the RS1).
Not quite right...the 5010 is already 2 years old
and equalled (in PQ), if not beat (in features), the Planar. Three years ago (one year after you bought the Planar), the low end Sony and JVC would have done the same, that is, in my opinion. The Planar, however, occupied a unique position among DLP fans (which I am) in that it was the last reasonably priced DLP that had a combination of good blacks and accurate calibration. Since its time, the only other contender has been Benq that might even be considered as a replacement, and I really don't think it would have been an improvement.
You say you have bought expensive and it turned out to be a costly mistake. Because it wasn't a wise choice or you didn't have the reach to actually hold the one you wanted to choose, it turned out badly.
I bought the Sony Ruby for ~$10k after seeing a Qualia at a show. You are right, I really wanted the Qualia, but at $25k it was not in the cards. As it turns out, IIRC, the Qualia did not have a DI (while the Ruby most definitely did), and as such in many ways outperformed its 2.5X more expensive predecessor. In my opinion, those who bought the Qualia or the JVC HD2K made an expensive mistake - the technology evolved at too quick of a pace for such expensive new models. Both the HD2K and Qualia depreciated greatly in 2 years and were worth practically nothing by the end of 5 years. Even my $10k Ruby was sold for $2k after owning it for about 1 year, and I was lucky to get that much for it, especially considering that new lamps cost $1k and had a very short life. You are correct - I simply have made a bunch of bad decisions.
So yes, I have bought costly units (my Electrohome Marquee 9000, Sony Ruby, Sharp 20k, just to name a few) that depreciated faster than my hair falling out, so once bitten, twice shy. In my case it is more like several times bitten before I finally came to my senses.
The ones who chose Lumis or the Sony 1000ES still say they made a wise choice and they knew it when they made their choice.
Good for them! Really, I am happy that at least things work out some of the time. Of course the Lumis owners are not enjoying 3D, but they probably wouldn't like it anyway. Like I said before, I don't have any problems with people who buy expensive projectors and keep them a long time, but the way that things keep moving, I don't see the sense in it for me personally. I like 3D, and if I bought an expensive PJ 3 years ago I would be missing out on it. I really like my Epson 501, but it is almost 2years old now and a friend of mine wants to buy it for $1k, so it only cost me $1600 to use for 2 years. The new 5030 isn't all that much better, but it has enough new features and performance increases to justify the purchase for me, or maybe now that JVC has finally added a DI to its lineup, maybe I will give the low end unit another go. Yes, I get to play, and to get new things when and if I want them without that nervous feeling of rolling the dice and wondering if the latest high priced unit will actually last longer than a year or two before it becomes yesterday's news.
I bought a $12k Lexicon processor years ago with the belief that such high quality would last me for years, but who knew that HDMI would come along and make it valueless in less than 2 years? So then I started buying pre/pros in the $2k range and have been much happier since then, as we progressed through HDMI 1.0, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, and now 2.0. Do you really think that 2.0 will be the FINAL version? And what is next after HDMI? And HDCP? What is the next new "feature" that will make the cutting edge electronics of today worth nothing in a few years? The problem is WE DON'T KNOW
, but we can be sure that manufacturers need to continue selling new gear, so they will certainly invent SOMETHING to make sure that we either WANT to buy new stuff or we HAVE to buy new stuff to keep things working in the rest of the chain.
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